The guys who for better and worse brought us Busaba, Wagamama, and Hakkasan have a new joint in Chinatown. And it appears that they have now completely lost their minds. But with genius and insanity so closely acquainted, they’ve actually got something pretty good going on with their newest spot, Ichibuns. The restaurant is a super colorful spot set over three wildly different floors, and the menu includes things like king crab ramen, wagyu beef sushi, and a panko-crusted burger, all quite enjoyable. Their drinks are sealed in plastic sippy cups and their smoking negroni looks like a genuine fire hazard thanks to their flavoured smoke machine. In other words, it’s all a bit mad, but also a lot of fun. Come with a not-too-serious group as a way to start out your night in Soho.
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If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.
Dishoom is one of our favourites for Indian food in London, serving street food classics in several locations around town.
Hovarda is a stunning Aegean (Greek / Turkish) restaurant in Soho with a good party vibe and very expensive OK tasting food.
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Kurumaya is a tiny restaurant near Smithfield, with small prices, big bowls of katsu curry, and some decent sushi.
If you’re looking for a Tokyo-style dining experience in central London, visit Koya Bar for excellent udon noodles and small plates.
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Yauatcha is a high-glam Chinese restaurant in Soho serving dim sum and beautiful desserts, with service that’s either perfect or absolutely rubbish.
There are proper waits for Kiln’s high-octane Thai dishes, but it’s absolutely worth the wait. Grab a seat at the bar, get the short-rib curry.
Modern BBQ restaurant Temper grills whole joints of meat on an open fire. They also have a great mezcal list, and tacos.
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